The FBI has raided the home of United Auto Workers president Gary Jones amid the ongoing corruption investigation into the American worker’s union.
An NBC news helicopter captured footage of FBI officers walking in and out of Jones’ home during the raid Wednesday, along with several black cars and trucks parked on the road in front of the Canton, Michigan residence.
The raid sparked a quick response from the UAW, which released a statement saying the execution of the search warranty was not necessary, as the UAW has co-operated with investigators in their investigation thus far.
“President Jones is determined to uncover and address any and all wrongdoing, wherever it might lead,” the worker’s union said. “There was absolutely no need for search warrants to be used by the government today.”
Investigators also raided the California home of former union president Dennis Williams Wednesday, along with the home of one of his former aides and a UAW office in Michigan.
The Fiat Chrysler arm of the UAW was the original target of the FBI’s corruption investigation, with the bureau charging eight people for taking kickbacks in the way of cash, gifts, lavish dinners and other luxury items, costs for which were funnelled through the UAW-FCA training center. Just last week, General Motors UAW rep Michael Grimes was charged as part of the investigation as well, with prosecutors alleging he awarded lucrative UAW apparel contracts to his associates in exchange for payouts of varying amounts. The investigation into the union has been ongoing for five years.
The UAW corruption scandal is expanding in scope just as the union is set to head to the bargaining table with the Detroit Big Three. In a statement released after Grimes’ arrest earlier this month, the union said it was dedicated to implementing a new culture going forward.
“We are committed to continue putting in place more strong, enforceable reforms and more stringent financial controls throughout the Union,” the union stated.
UAW workers are currently voting on whether or not to approve a strike during the negotiations should it be necessary, with the results of the vote expected to be revealed this weekend.